Dr. Mary Stefanazzi Blog

Musical composition "Rivers Unseen"

A new musical work composed by the Trinity Long Room Hub’s inaugural Artist in Residence, composer Michael Gallen, was premiered in a live performance at the institute on October 19th 2016. 

Rivers Unseen was composed in response to three paths of research being undertaken in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute as well as the architecture of the building itself. 

The theme of unity and separateness in all human experience was reflected in the research being carried out by Mary Stefanazzi, a PhD student from the School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology, researching the letters between Carl Jung and Victor White. ‘Before meeting Michael I had not considered the capacity of music to communicate the depth of my research. I was struggling with how to convey the richness of the engagement between Carl Jung and Victor White.  In conversation with Michael the passion came alive as did the struggle; the confusion, the dreams and the joy.  There are so many levels to the Jung-White letters.’

Click HERE to listen to Rivers Unseen 

Learn to meditate?

Although interest Meditation is increasing knowing where to begin can be a daunting task.

Search online for meditation and you are faced with images of sunrises, clouds, empty beaches, candles and the like. If the everyday reality of many peoples lives were portrayed graphically the images would be very different. It is possible to learn how to meditate in a way that can realistically be incorporated into your daily life without taking yourself away to far distant lands.

My aim is to teach those who are interested in learning how to mediate as a part of everyday life - whatever the circumstances. There is no situation that cannot be worked with.

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Virtue Ethics Ireland

President Michael D. Higgins launched a Nationwide Ethics Initiative on 14th February, 2014. 

The stated aim of the initiative was to develop a public discourse that places human flourishing and an ethic of active citizenship at its heart. This principle is grounded in the discipline of Virtue Ethics which is about the development of character and considering what it means to live a good life. A virtue approach to ethics is rooted in the work of Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher. How we think and act over time contribute to the sort of character we cultivate.

Sabina Higgins, President Michael D. Higgins and Mary Stefanazzi

Photographed at the Garden Party to mark the 'President of Ireland's Ethics Initiative' at Aras an Uachtarain, 25th June 2014.

Click HERE to watch a video of President Higgins speech on the day.

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